Best Skechers Shoes for Women Walking and Running

9 Best Skechers Shoes for Women Walking and Running for 2019

I know what you’re thinking: “Skechers as a great running shoe? I don’t think so.” After all, this is the brand that grew to fame by marketing to teenagers in the 90’s and used Kim Kardashian and Christina Aguilera as celebrity sponsors. Since their start in 1992, Skechers has caused serious athletes to turn up their noses and continue lacing up their Nikes. Yet, despite some of these reactions, Skechers continues to be one of the most successful sneaker brands in the United States, keeping itself relevant to everyone from teenage girls to athletes to elderly walkers year after year. More recently, they’ve introduced their first line of actual running shoes that have earned the right to stand at the starting line with every other brand out there. This line is in addition to their already lengthy list of women’s sneakers that have withstood the test of time and popularity. The brand’s universality is undeniable, which brings us to our list of the 9 Best Skechers Shoes for Women for 2019. Because regardless of its reputation, this is a brand that recognizes what athletic shoes are all about: getting everyone (not just athletes) up and moving in a shoe that meets anyone’s needs.

Number 9

Skechers YOU

Skechers YOU

Our list starts off with the type of shoe that made Skechers famous. The YOU line is, simply put, a lifestyle shoe. It’s meant for use in your daily activities because its purpose is to be the most comfortable women’s Skechers sneaker for anything from walking to work to running through an airport. All the sneakers have a supportive layer of EVA foam in the midsole that is actually quite springy and responsive, while the durable rubber outsole has just enough grooves for traction on a variety of indoor and outdoor surfaces. The upper is made from a sturdy yet lightweight knit with a flexible, stretchy heel that is designed for comfort. The YOU line has a variety of models with names such as “Serene,” “Devotion,” and “Poised.” These names primarily distinguish whether that particular shoe is a lace up, slip on, or backless model, all of which make Skechers YOU the brand’s best option for elderly women walkers who may appreciate this variety. Skechers description of the YOU line is “Healthy. Happy. Comfortable.” And that is exactly what you will feel in these shoes as you go about your day.

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Number 8

Skechers GoRun MaxRoad Ultra

Skechers GoRun MaxRoad Ultra

The majority of the shoes on the rest of our list are part of Skechers new GoRun line of running shoes and the MaxRoad Ultra 3 is a prime example of the new technology the brand has patented in the running shoe industry’s never-ending quest for newer and better foam midsoles. Skechers new Ultra-Flight foam is not the old-school EVA foam of a few years ago. Like it’s Nike, Asics, and Saucony counterparts, Skechers Ultra-Flight foam is TPU-based to be as light as possible while still providing a lot of cushioning. A heck of a lot. This shoe is packed but somehow still manages to feel light and flexible, while its emphasis on comfort is hugely indicative of the brand, making it one of the best women’s Skechers for comfort in running. That being said, the beauty of Skechers is that they are comfortable and versatile enough to be used for daily activities as well, making the highly-cushioned MaxRoad Ultra 3 one of the brand’s best for walking as well as standing at work.

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Number 7

Skechers GoRun MaxTrail Ultra

Skechers GoRun MaxTrail Ultra

That its trail shoe also seems to have comfort as a top priority is classic Skechers. The shoe’s Ultra-Flight foam midsole is highly cushioned, but light enough to still give you some responsiveness with your terrain. It’s also equipped with drainage vents near the laces so that any water that gets in the shoe is more easily drained out, keeping your feet dry instead of squishy. The vents also do a great job of aerating your feet on longer runs. The MaxTrail Ultra’s outsole is heavily lugged for maximum traction, but these lugs are filled with foam so as to not weigh the shoe down. Lastly, the knit upper is flexible enough to conform to your feet but tighter around the ankle to keep debris out and an external heel counter helps keep your foot anchored in place mile after mile. The GoRUn MaxTrail Ultra 5 is ideal for the avid trail runner who needs a little more attention to comfort, which is certainly something Skechers does best.

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Number 6

Skechers GoRun Ultra Road

Skechers GoRun Ultra Road

The Ultra Road 3 has a lot in common with its sister, the MaxRoad Ultra, including its very similar name. Both are also two of the most highly cushioned shoes in Skechers’ GoRun fleet, making them the best for both runners and walkers who prefer a highly-cushioned shoe. Both also have the same ultra modern flat knit upper in a variety of colors. The differences between the two lie in the midsole cushioning, with the Ultra Road 3 using the brand’s Resalyte cushioning system instead of the super light Ultra-Flight foam. This is a significant difference too because Resalyte is a total departure from TPU foam and is instead an “injection-molded compound” that has memory retention. That’s right. After a short period of breaking in the shoes, the midsole conforms to the contours of your foot to provide the most cushioning and bounce back where you personally need it most. It’s an interesting concept and a bold move further into the world of serous running shoes for Skechers. Resalyte is a little denser, making the shoe a good two ounces heavier than the MaxRoad, and it also comes equipped with the drainage vents that are helpful for keeping feet dry in damp weather. If a somewhat heavier shoe doesn’t bother you and this latest midsole technology intrigues you, the Ultra Road 3 is another highly cushioned option from which to choose.

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Number 5

Skechers GoRun Forza

Skechers GoRun Forza

The Forza 3 is mind-blowing because it manages to make a stability shoe feel as light as air. The upper is actually a 3D mesh, which means there are thin horizontal strips of the mesh fabric running across the shoe that maintain breathability and provide a more snug and stable fit across the foot, especially where there is a slightly thicker layer of mesh along the midfoot and heel. The midsole cushioning runs all the way through to the forefoot using the brand’s Flight-Gen Cushioning System, which is supposed to be one of the brand’s lightest. This gives the Forza 3 versatility in spades, as it’s light enough to not weigh you down for longer distances and enables you to pick up the pace at the end of any race. Being a stability shoe, the Flight Gen foam is equipped with flex grooves at strategic points along the forefoot to better guide the foot in its forward roll and the outsole of the shoe is a little wider than a neutral runner, also providing stability. For those where just a little stability goes a long way, this shoe will keep you light on your feet but gently guided and supported for miles.

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Number 4

Skechers GoRun Horizon

Skechers GoRun Horizon

The Horizon has many of the features in the GoRun line that cater to avid runners, they’re just a tad dialed down for those who may not be pounding pavement on a daily basis or running for distance on a competitive level. The Horizon still makes use of the Ultra-Flight foam for the best in cushioning without weighing you down. Its outsole is still primarily made up of light, blown rubber with strategically placed, more durable rubber in the heel and forefoot. Lastly, the upper is comprised primarily of a lightweight mesh that is breathable and flexible. The more casual features of this shoe is the sock-like collar that allows for the wearer to slip it on, and the fewer laces that are required to lace it up. The higher heel toe drop (6mm compared to the MaxRoad Ultra 3’s 4mm) makes this shoe more about comfort in running with slower and smoother transitions as opposed to maximizing turnover in a race. Since most of the sneaker-wearing population is more casual in their running, the Horizon remains extremely popular, making it one of the best women’s Skechers for comfort.

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Number 3

Skechers GoWalk

Skechers GoWalk

Our top 3 women’s Skechers start off with a departure from the GoRun line because these babies were meant for walking. Staying true to its origins as a lifestyle shoe, Skechers fourth edition of the GoWalk line provides both avid and casual walkers with a shoe that has quite a bit of tech put into it. The GoWalk line uses Skechers 5Gen midsole cushioning, providing a consistent amount of moderate cushioning throughout that is surprisingly responsive as well. The insole is different in that it’s made of the brand’s Goga Max material, which is a thin layer of memory foam similar to Resalyte that truly does make for a more personalized fit to your foot. There are also Goga Pillars on the outsole (I told you there was a lot of tech in these shoes), which are simply rounded pieces of higher-density rubber running down the middle of the outsole to help cushion impact. The upper is made from a flexible synthetic mesh for all nine models in the GoWalk line which, similar to the Skechers YOU line, refer to the different slip on, backless, or lace up styles. The variety of styles and the 5Gen/GoMax combo of cushioning continue to make the GoWalk 4 line of shoes the brand’s most popular among both young and elderly walkers.

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Number 2

Skechers GoRun Razor Hyper

Skechers GoRun Razor Hyper

The GoRun Razor 3 Hyper is setting the running world abuzz at this moment (I know, who ever thought we would say this about a Skechers shoe?). This flashy, light racer which, to be clear about its purpose, has the word “Speed” emblazoned across the upper, is tough enough to be an every day trainer but light enough to be used on race days from a 5K all the way up to a marathon. In fact, one of the line’s endorsements features marathoner Meb Keflezighi (just a little bit of a different sponsor than Kim Kardashian). But what really has the running world talking about the Razor 3 Hyper is that it has Skechers latest foam in the midsole and it’s a technology that no one else has. To make a very technical story short, Skechers took a typical piece of EVA foam and exposed it to CO2 liquid, which changed the shape of the cells inside the foam, making them lighter but still responsive and able to provide cushioning. The result is a light running shoe with firm support that is still shock absorbent. The same Hyper foam makes up the majority of the outsole with strategically placed rubber for traction and the upper is an extremely breathable yet supportive mesh. Oh, and in case you didn’t need more food for thought with the Razor 3 Hyper, it’s a unisex shoe with women generally sizing down from a man’s by 1.5 sizes. It’s just Skechers keeping us all on our toes.

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Number 1

Skechers GoRun Ride

Skechers GoRun Ride

Our number one spot for the best women’s Skechers for 2019 goes to a shoe that aims to please everyone, which is what the brand truly does best. The GoRun Ride 7 has had six other popular editions and this latest one creates a neutral shoe with moderate cushioning for the runner who can do anything from a leisurely weekend run to a half marathon. The GoRun Ride 7 uses Flight-Gen cushioning for its midsole so the shoe isn’t as squishy soft as the Ultra series and has more responsiveness. For those who tend to heel-strike with more authority than others, the sockliner can be removed for an even snappier, faster feel while still maintaining a moderate amoung of cushioning. The straightforward knit upper is both flexible and snug and the outsole keeps the shoe light with exposed Flight-Gen foam and rubber panels in the forefoot and heel. The GoRun Ride 7 can truly do anything you ask it to and keep you feeling good while doing it, which is what Skechers has always been about. Though the brand still stays true to its lifestyle roots, it has truly branched out to be a contender in the running world as well.

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